...10,000 fine on the tampering with evidence charge. Under state law, neither conviction carries minimum jail time. Sentencing was set for Dec. 29. Stepovich and his attorney, Allen Vacura, declined comment following the verdict.
...territorial Gov. Mike Stepovich and served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 2003 to 2004. Defense lawyer Allen Vacura said in closing arguments that the state's case was built mostly on conjecture.
...gold and $865 in cash from Stepovich that an Alaska state trooper drug dog indicated for narcotics. Defense lawyer Allen Vacura said the officer did not see Stepovich use a drug or throw the paper on the ground.
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